Project Updates: June 2017

We’re halfway through 2017 so it’s time to check in and see how our current projects are faring!

Operation Hope Teddy Project

Our participation in this hugely successful project came to an end in June as Erica Henley and her fellow AdventistHelp colleagues jetted off to Iraq to provide some much needed support for the people there.  We received an initial update from Erica on her arrival in Erbil:

“Hi from Erbil

Just to let you know that 2 bags of teddies have arrived at my home while I have been here in Iraq. Many thanks to the lovely knitters …my son will bring them to Erbil on 6 June.

Attached are a few photos of teddies we have handed out in two hospitals in Erbil where children from Mosul have been transferred for surgery.
I spent some time with a young ten year old girl with burns to 70% of her body and left a teddy with her. We are hoping to get her medicvac-ed to the US.

The remainder of the teddies will be kept for the new AdventistHelp field hospital still under construction.

Thank you so much for your support.”

We received a second update from Erica once some of the teddies were distributed:

“Remember we took a large bag of hand knitted teddy bears to the Hospital in Erbil to be distributed amongst the children? Badrxan Sherwani the managing director of Raparin hospital of pedeatrics has just sent me these photos of the children receiving the teddy bears.

With thanks to our knitters in Australia – Margaret Brown and friends, Cathy Kuipersand the Indooroopilly uniting church knitting group, Bronwyn DunnKerrie Broadbent,Bronwyn PetrieKathie StewartMarjorie Fairbairn, and the national group Teddy Bears without Borders. LeanneAinslie BosRobert Bos

Some of our contributors also provided teddies for a second shipment that would head off with Erica’s son Michael to a hospital in Greece that served refugees there.

second shipment

“Michael Henley dispatched to fassifern train station for part 1 of his overseas adventure. Thanks for the pink case you left in Erbil, Cathy Kuipers … is headed back there with 15 kg of medical supplies and teddy bears.”

We received this final update from Erica also:

erica update last

Overall, Teddy Bears Without Borders supporters provided over 100 handmade teddies to contribute to this project.

The Operation Hope Teddy Project has now been completed!  Thank you so much to all of you who supported this project by making teddies or sharing the project and many thanks to Erica for getting in touch and asking us to support her work.

Standby Teddy Project

Our Standby Trauma Teddy Project is ongoing and aims to provide handmade trauma teddies to UnitingCare’s Standby 24hr service that provides support to those bereaved by suicide.  So far Teddy Bears Without Borders supporters have provided more than 50 teddies for this project and Linda Fielding, our contact at Standby, is so appreciative of your work.  She even bought us all a bunch of roses to say thanks – you can rest assured that I enjoyed them on your behalf!!


On my last visit to Linda, she also provided me with a bag of yarn offcuts for the use of our crafters:

yarn donation

If you’d be interested in receiving some yarn for charity crafting, comment below and I’ll get to making up some packs to send out.

The Standby Project is ongoing, so if you would like to help out or know someone who would, check out the details for the project here.

Knitfest Yarnbombing Project in Support of Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The date for Knitfest is looming ever closer and we’ve been working away like hard-working things to get our massive tree decoration based around the theme of “Safe Harbour” ready in time!


We received lots of your contributions up until the first week of June and our Pom-A-Thon event held on the 10th of June 2017 at Southbank in Brisbane gave our harbour light tally a boost.

With the event only three weeks away I am now busily sewing and crocheting together all your contributions as well as finishing off the lighthouse centrepiece.

Once the main pieces are stitched together I will start adding some embellishments including waves, boats and a stitched panel explaining our piece, using some of the smaller strips that were contributed.  Many thanks to all of you who have contributed to our Knitfest project – this has been an enormous undertaking, but your contributions will result in a beautiful and thought-provoking piece that will hopefully raise some awareness about the struggles that refugees and asylum seekers face.

If you are interested in contributing to any of our current projects, just click here.

If you know of any group or organisation that could use our support, please let us know in the comments or contact us via our Facebook page.



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